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This proposal implements the changes to recordings discussed in the three recordings meetings held during January 2013. The meetings were open to all of the MusicBrainz community, and issues were discussed thoroughly, so any criticism of this proposal should hopefully be focused on the wording, and not the principles.

This proposal replaces the current Recording Style Guideline with the new revision in the section below.



To include definitions of recording, mix, audio track, release track

Recording Name

Recording Artist

Using Recordings

No need to differentiate remasters and masterings any more. Generally, use the most obvious recording on a track and it'll be correct.


Not good for differentiating mixes - often many mixes will share a single acoustid, although they may have individual fingerprints. Shouldn't really be used for merging at all. Use WavePlots instead! (maybe not include that bit) .AcoustID is better for matching tracks in a music collection to recordings.